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And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

Aug 7, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

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Tigers 7, Yankees 2: Justin Verlander was amazing, striking out 14. I’m not sure why Jim Leyland kept him in there for 132 pitches given that the Tigers had a five run lead by the sixth inning, but I guess the fans liked it. And heck, he was still throwing 100 miles per hour, so I’m willing to allow for the fact that he’s basically a cyborg. Anyway, the Yankees have lost 11 of 17.

Braves 6, Phillies 1: That’s seven straight wins over Philly for Atlanta and eight of ten on the year. Ben Sheets allowed one run over seven and a third without striking out anyone. Which isn’t gonna last, but in the meantime the Braves will take it. Oh, and the Phillies sellout streak ended too. It was the third longest such streak of all time. But sadly the Phillies fans show themselves to be 198 sellouts short of the loyalty of fans of the Cleveland Indians.

Before we get to the other scores, I have a question: When the Braves game ended I popped in “The Dark Knight” because I feel like if I don’t watch it a half dozen times a year I’m slacking. Anyway, just as the Joker crashes the Harvey Dent fundraiser, I realized that Ra’s al Ghul crashed Bruce Wayne’s birthday party in “Batman Begins.” Which makes me wonder: why, given the high probability that they’ll be interrupted by marauding super villains, does anyone ever goes to Bruce Wayne’s dinner parties?  Anyway:

Cardinals 8, Giants 2: Jake Westbrook was solid, Carlos Beltran homered and Jon Jay went 4 for 4 while driving in two.

Brewers 6, Reds 3Aramis RamirezCorey Hart and Martin Maldonado all homered in the sixth inning. The Reds have lost two in a row. Crisis!

White Sox 4, Royals 2: Chris Sale is now 1-0 on nine days rest for his career.

Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 0: Erik Bedard bounced back from a horrific outing and was both efficient and effective, allowing two hits and no runs over seven innings without walking a soul. And just for the yuks, go read this game story. It may be the most cliche thing ever. Bedard was “making pitches.” The Pirates won because of “pitching and defense.” The Diamondbacks were “out-executed.” It’s a classic.

Red Sox 9, Rangers 2: With the Red Sox win, the press frenzy to get Bobby Valentine fired has been paused for 24 hours. Let’s all meet back here tomorrow though and see where things are. Oh: Yu Darvish continues to be pretty crappy of late.

Twins 14, Indians 3: Justin Morneau hit two homers and the Indians continue to get their butts beat back to the stone age. Ben Revere has a 20-game hitting streak going.

Orioles 3, Mariners 1: Chris Tillman took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, winning his fourth start. It continues a nice string of starting pitching performances for the O’s. The Orioles have won six of eight.

Nationals 5, Astros 4: Houston came back from a 4-1 deficit to force extra innings, but Washington wins in the 11th when first baseman Steve Pearce threw a Kurt Suzuki bunt out into right field, scoring Roger Bernadina. The Astros have lost every conceivable way this season.

Rockies 2, Dodgers 0: There was a reversed call in this one: Dexter Fowler trapped a Shane Victorino liner to center, and Victorino was initially called out. Don Mattingly argued, the umps huddled and they changed the call, saying it was trapped. Jim Tracy then came out and argued like crazy, got ejected and continued to argue for a long time. But we can’t have instant replay, you see, because it would mess up the pace of the game.

Padres 2, Cubs 0: Five Padres pitchers combine for a five-hit shutout. Chicago loses its sixth straight. At this point, though, I suppose the number of people who care about a Padres-Cubs matchup just barely exceeds the number of moms who watch their sons play in them.

Angels 4, Athletics 0: Jered Weaver is better than you: CG SHO, 4 H, 0 BB, 9 K. This season he’s better than just about everyone.

  1. WhyDoIActuallyCare - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    I would like to point out that Vin Scully is a fan of instant replay as well. During the broadcast he said something along the lines of, “see, we have all this fancy equipment and can see that catch from a few different angles, but they can’t use it on the field. They say it would slow down the game. Well, look how long this argument is taking…”

    • cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      I hope Vin writes Bud a letter to that effect. Think he can write as well as he talks? I bet he can.

  2. rooney24 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    Justin Morneau is starting to hit left handers again and hit with some power. Do you suppose there are a few teams out there kicking themselves for not going a little harder to land him? Can we Twins fans hope he might finally be back to himself (at least close to himself)?

    • dangle13x - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Morneau will never be “back to himself”. But then again that means being an MVP caliber player. I have no doubt this guy can still provide 25-30 hr’s, a .290 avg and 90 rbis. With Morneau, you just can’t count on him being healthy for the long haul. But hey, the Twins could use a break. Maybe he’ll be it.

  3. clevelandschronic2 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Great choice for a movie.

    • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      Hard for me to watch. I get too emotional when Maggie Gyllenhaal buys the farm.

      • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Not me. She looks so much like her brother I can just sit back and pretend it was only him, in drag.

      • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        Did you see her in “Stranger than Fiction”? I realize it’s just a movie role, but a guy would have to be an idiot not to fall in love with that girl.

      • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2012 at 6:19 AM

        I’m about at the age where I’ll fall in love with any girl who’d fall in love with me. It’s called the “couple a shots of whiskey” principle.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Oakland has now lost 3 in a row. It is still premature to conclude that their bubble has burst; however, it will be interesting to see how the team responds going forward.

  5. redguy12588 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Hey Reds fans, remember Saturday when you had the division locked up? Good times.

  6. rockthered1286 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    The O’s have given up 3 runs over their last 4 games. Starters ERA is a hair over one and the pen’s ERA is a hair lower at 0.90. Then Marky Mark out of nowhere has a 2 double night last night and here we go again: after a nasty spell where O’s fans start thinking their yardbirds are headed into a tailspin, then suddenly rattle off 6 W’s in their last 8 games while the Yanks continue to struggle and we’re back to 5.5 games out. Not saying we’ll catch up but with the way Tilly, Chen and Gonzo are pitching, I feel like a healthy Hammel coming back at months end and HOPEFULLY a resurgence from Matusz when we send Britton back down (which will most likely be sometime between 10pm tonight and noon tomorrow) we are back to a solid rotation.

    August just got interesting for the yard birds.

    • psuravens19 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:50 AM

      I agree it’s going to be fun down at the Yard in August and September… I just get nervous when you say Matusz is going to replace Britton, to me it’s like pick your poison.

    • rockthered1286 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      How can this possibly get a thumbs down? Mariners fans on the Best coast are still snoozing, tampa fans are nonexistent…so I guess this leaves Yankees fans showing their disapproval with a secretive thumbs down instead of speaking up and saying they disapprove? Facts folks: Yanks have dropped 11 of 17. O’s have taken 6 of 8. Pitching has been awesome for my birds and the Yanks (outside of CC) are struggling. To see Nova get lit up last night says it all. That and the loss of A-Rod hurts I’m sure, but look at my birds: Hammel down, Matusz and Jake struggled and went down to triple A, no actual starter for 1B, 3B OR LF, and we have Reynolds… yet despite all of that we sit 7 over .500 and continue to win the close games. This city typically hypes the Ravens at this point in the year but for once, I’m still seeing O’s gear in August and hearing people talking about them voluntarily without starting the conversation with a sigh or lack of interest. If you can’t give Buck’s bird the credit they deserve, please speak up and justify your disapproval!

  7. darthicarus - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    I too was watching Dark Knight last night (though it was after the Tigers game) and the one thing I wondered is, why doesn’t anyone bleed? In the opening sequence all the clowns & the bank manager were all shot – no blood. But Bruce Wayne got bit by a dog & you see him get stitched up and have multiple cuts all over his body. Not that the blood is necessarily needed, but just something I wondered about.

    • cleverbob - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      Because you can’t have 13 year olds seeing blood in movies. They’ve never seen it before.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:50 AM

        I would like to believe that Bob, but I once got told to f*ck off, and that my new trainers made me look like a P^ssy, while coaching youth cricket.

        Those little bastards have seen and said everything already.

      • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        Right, Kiwi. My 14 year-old grandson knows stuff we hardly suspected in the 60’s.

      • cleverbob - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        I was being facetious. 13 year olds believe they know everything there is to know, and will let you hear all about it.

      • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        Children are horrible.™

  8. jarathen - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Umps screw up again and hose Mike Trout out of a double.

    They’re only human, but to me, that’s more and more of a problem these days. We can all see where they’re wrong. I can’t wait until old man Selig retires and someone new comes in and hopefully kicks this game in the pants.

    darthicarus, the lack of blood is for the sake of a pg-13 rating, i believe.

  9. natslady - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    Hey, Craig, never mind Dark Knight. You need to watch some slapstick comedy. Here ya go: How To Score On a Bunt Single

    • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      The most important (dare we say key?) is to choose your opponent wisely. They Astros are playing below replacement level at this point; they will have to scramble hard to get to 50 wins.

      Jim Crane and Jeff Luhnow are so proud of the job they have done blowing up the roster so they can start over. I wonder why it never occurred that in between you should put a product on the field that is worth watching? Arguably four to five of the Astros belong in MLB; perhaps that number is high. I’m not even watching on television these days.

      • natslady - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:51 AM

        Been there, got the ticket stubs to prove it. Good luck in the draft, seriously. Draft well, and develop your players, and have patience, you’ll need it.

        I got criticized on a Nats site for describing the Astros as AAA to AAAA-level. Was told that was an insult to the players on the roster. OK. They are professional baseball players, and I’m glad our local guy (Maxwell) is playing well. But the Nats should not have to struggle against this bunch. Really. They need 14 wins to get to 50 and I don’t want the Nats to contribute ANY.

      • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        That was very considerate of them for feeling the Astros players would be insulted. But c’mon, let’s get real. Their outfield OPS is about 100 points below anyone else in the majors. Their starting pitching was 25th out of 30 last time I checked. Their relief pitching is much, much worse. They got rid of a 3rd baseman who couldn’t field or hit a curve ball, and the new one is doing less. Their catcher (a #1 draft choice, no less) couldn’t pick off a runner with a high–powered rifle. They lead the league by a 30% margin in wild pitches. These kids would be perfectly comfortable at Oklahoma City, but the majors is killing them. Maybe five of them (Maybe!) will still be around when the Astros are competitive again.

        Having said that, don’t get too worked up if they still one in D.C. We all know that sort of thing happens all the time in baseball.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      I hate to say this but against a competent infield defense that’s either a bunt pop-up out or worse case it falls and the guy is out at second anyway. And I thought that play with three Detriot Tigers crashing into each other at home plate was hilarious…

      • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        Of course it’s that terrible. You have a bunch of minor leaguers playing in MLB.

    • simonfoster231171 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      How many errors were scored on that one? I counted at least 4. There again, scorers at MLB level seem to be notoriously lenient …

  10. Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Actually when Ra’s Al Gul crashed Wayne’s party nobody noticed. The guests were all kicked out by what people thought was a drunken Bruce Wayne. The news reported that the Billionaire himself burned down his own house.

  11. kiwicricket - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Ryan Howard went for the rare 3-5-6 force out. He was unsuccessful.
    The French and Romanian judges awarded Howard with top marks for difficulty and style, but was penalized very heavily for over-all execution. Howard looks to continue his floor routine tomorrow, but remains disappointing.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      So you’d give him a bronze? Are you kidding? He’s soooo underrated.

      • kiwicricket - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        The floor is not Howard’s strongest routine. The beam is possibly his best shot at a medal, but his chances seem somewhat murky, after yesterdays disappointment.

    • cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      And I understand from your FOX News Outlet that the colour of his leotard is really important. I do believe that the lack of RW&B in Howard’s leotard brands him as unpatriotic. For shame, Mr. Howard. For shame. Get a more patriotic leotard next time.

  12. kiwicricket - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Just when the Astros showed some spunk fighting back to tie things in the 9th…. they head-butt, throw the ball all over the field and promptly lose. Poor bastards still have 2 months of baseball left.

    • natslady - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      I hate spunk. Just lose already and save the wear-and-tear on our bullpen–which ain’t looking so great right now.

    • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Spot on, Kiwi. You gotta love having some fight. It just ain’t enough.

    • deepstblu - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Baseball? Is that what they’re playing?

  13. biffnasty - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    There was no blood because it has a pg-13 rating. If the dark knight or any of the batman movies were rated R, it would drastically reduce the audience because of the rating therefore greatly diminishing the box office profit. More importantly, after seeing the dark knight rises 2x, my girlfriend and I are locked in a debate. I think batman could not possibly survive the bomb blast and therefore when Alfred sees Bruce and catwoman at the cafe at the end, it Is simply a dream. My other half is under the impression that bc he fixed the automatic pilot, he was able to jump out and this survive the blast.

    • antlerclaws - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Thanks for the spoiler alert.

    • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      biff. Think “Inception.” My grandson and I had the same discussion. I think it’s a dream. Besides, Bruce Wayne is broke; how’s he living in Florence?

      • jarathen - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

        i don’t know, he’s hanging with a world-class cat burglar?

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        Billionaires don’t go broke like normal people, you have Lenny Dykstra broke and then there’s Frank McCourt broke… guess who’s better off right now?

      • Old Gator - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        Lenny Dykstra is in prison, and Frank McCourt has to look at truoCcM knarF in his ex-wife’s platinum framed bathroom mirror every morning.

        I call it a tossup.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      I think the narrative clearly intends for him to have survived. If you’re going to argue about whether or not he survives the blast, you’re debating the wrong thing. With a 4 MEGATON explosion NOTHING survives within the viewing radius of the mushroom cloud. That’s just bad science. They should have gone for 40K or something smaller to make the scenario plausible. I just figure the script added too many zeroes.

      • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        That was part of my problem with it too. He can’t have set the auto too soon because the Bat lefted the thing. And people just don’t get the power of those things. They said that everything within six miles would be obliterated; but that’s ignoring thermal, radiative, blast and fallout effects to a much larger radius.

      • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        Typing too fast. “The Bat had trouble lifting………”

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        Yep Stex, at the very minimum the EMP from the blast would have knocked everything electrical out. I’m positive windows all over would have shattered. I have no idea if it was dumped into the ocean and whether that would reduce the effect, but you would figure at a minimum Gotham would be getting hit by a very large wave in the short term.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Batman bailed in time.. He’s not broke. He’s retired and living the good life with the lovely Catwoman whose criminal record has been erased. John Blake is the new Batman.

      • jarathen - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        also, the top wobbles. so there’s that.

      • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        Maybe I’m just a killjoy. I don’t think the top ever stopped spinning either.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        The top wobble was definitely intended as ambiguous and very clever, but having said that TDKR is not Inception. It’s not intended to try to fool you into dream sequences and crap like that. If your argument is that Nolan did X in Inception therefore TDKR does Y, I will tell you one film has no relation to the other. I stick with the simplest explanation. Bad Science.

      • stex52 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        Two messages disappeared, but I will try one more time. You are almost certainly right, Francisco, that Nolan intends the Florence ending. In my opinion that goes so much against the dramatic arc of the three movie series that it just doesn’t work. The Florence ending looks like an audience market test ending to me. I suspect strongly that it was a late appendage to make the audience go away happy. I despise it when directors do that. Everything else about the movie and the series cries out for Batman to make the sacrifice.

  14. gloccamorra - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Only the players’ moms care about watching Cubs-Padres matchups? You underestimate the masochism of their fans. Both groups are used to their current (and usual) condition and watch anyway.

    • icanspeel - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Attendance – 27,187

      Yeah the Cubs brought a lot of fans to Petco for a Monday night game. I also think there was some intrigue for Rizzo’s return to Petco which ironically he got Petco’d for a potential home run that would have gone out of Wrigley and shows why he wouldn’t put up the same numbers with the Padres that he will with the Cubs

  15. Jonny 5 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    I’m on vacation right now and where I am, they are sparing me the agony of watching the 2012 Phillies season through their cable. But in the morning while reading HBT they kinda make me feel just like I ate one of those “Jersey devil” cheesesteaks from up the road with pepper jack cheese loaded with fried hot peppers and thick sliced tomatoes. They really burn my ass anyway so I can probably do without for awhile anyway.

    • kiwicricket - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Your relationship with your rectum will heal over time, but from what I hear about these ‘cheesesteaks’ in your neck of the woods, your heart may actually choke itself.

  16. sdelmonte - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Well, it turns out that Bruce Wayne always schedules his parties the same night Mary Richards does. So people will always say, “yeah, maybe a supervillain will show up. But at least it won’t be one of Mary’s awful parties.”

  17. biffnasty - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Stex..good point. It is directed by Nolan and seems like he always makes u think at the end of his films

  18. uyf1950 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Really started to get disappointed in Nova’s performance this season for the Yankees. He’s been inconsistent at best. When the Yankees tie up a game or give him a lead he quickly gives back the runs. I honestly feel all the praise thrust upon him at the end of the season last year has gone to his head. Not sure if it may not be time to knock down his ego a bit.

    • madhatternalice - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Why do you believe that? Do you have any evidence to back up that claim?

      Ivan Nova has never been very good. He’s been better than average, but his inflated win total from 2011 is more the result of the Yankees offense than Nova’s pitching.

      In his last 10 games of the 2011 regular season (Aug and Sep), the Yankees went 7-3. Of the teams they beat, only the Angels and Rays were above .500. Much of his end of the season praise was the direct result of Nova pitching well against shitty teams.

      So…maybe he’s just not that good?

      • uyf1950 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Mad…,as for who Nova pitched against those 10 games you reference he could only pitch against the teams he’s scheduled to pitch against. Let me address you numbers.

        Nova in the last 10 games of the 2011 season that he pitched had an ERA of 3.24 I think that’s pretty darn good. Take out 1 of the games specifically the game in pitched against Royals on Aug. 16th then in 9 of the 10 final games he pitched in 2011 his ERA was 2.94 very good in my opinion. In 6 of the 10 games he pitched 7 or more innings and gave up 3 or less runs. So and it’s just my opinion but more then the Yankees offense being responsible for those wins, Nova pitched very well. Also in those 10 games he had just about a 2 to 1 strike out to walk ratio again not bad at all.

        madhatternalice, where you see the glass as mostly empty in Nova’s performance during that time I see it as more than half full. That’s why my disappointment with his performance now.

        But we are all entitled to our opinion.

  19. APBA Guy - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    I see there’s a post about Weaver’s dominance, and well there should be. Dominance.

    On the flip side, Parker was beaten by the Angels 8-9-1 hitters, with Aybar acting like a second leadoff man, and Ianetta moving him up, and Trout doing what he does. Trout was called out at second when extra slo motion showed him safe, one of those plays where the ball was there but the swipe tag actually missed Trout’s hand. He had a pretty good blow up about it but wasn’t tossed, the ump either being indulgent or maybe harboring a bit of guilt. The more important point is that the Angels were constantly getting the extra 90 feet: always first to third, always trying to steal. When you do that you will get tossed once in a while, but that was the only out on the base paths for the Angels with at least 6 other occasions of success in the balance, I’d say it worked out well for them.

    Tonight it’s El Capitan against CJ Wilson. The A’s need to win 1 of three, and they play the Angels 7 more times after this series.

  20. johnnyb1976 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Pirates win 2 in a row and redguy is still hung up about the verbal tongue lashing he got from me Saturday. I’m not worried about the pirates just like the reds they won’t keep up the pace they are playing at, but the reds are still better from top to bottom than the pirates. That’s life get used to it redguy.

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